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AP XIX, Sec. 2 Audit oversight committee

Baldwin's Kentucky Revised Statutes AnnotatedAdministrative Procedures of the Court of JusticeEffective: August 8, 2022

Baldwin's Kentucky Revised Statutes Annotated
Administrative Procedures of the Court of Justice
Part XIX. Internal and External Audits of the Administrative Office of the Courts
Effective: August 8, 2022
Administrative Procedures, AP XIX, Sec. 2
AP XIX, Sec. 2 Audit oversight committee
(A) Purpose/Mission
(1) The Audit Oversight Committee (Committee) will assist the Chief Justice of the Commonwealth in fulfilling his oversight responsibility as executive head of the Kentucky Court of Justice (KCOJ).
(2) The Committee shall advise the Chief Justice on:
(a) The integrity and presentation of the financial and operational reporting process of the AOC;
(b) The qualifications, independence, and performance of independent external auditors, the audit services provided by the Division of Audit Services, and the internal audit function of the AOC;
(c) The system of internal controls within the AOC, including information technology security and controls, and including procedures for detecting fraud, waste, and abuse;
(d) The adequacy of the AOC's strategic and operational risk management processes;
(e) The AOC's compliance with applicable laws, Administrative Procedures of the KCOJ, and Rules of Court, and with all AOC policies and procedures;
(f) The adequacy of the AOC's investigation processes;
(g) The AOC's ethics, values, and culture; and
(h) Other matters as directed by the Chief Justice.
(B) Membership
(1) The Chief Justice is the Chair of the Audit Oversight Committee.
(2) The Committee is comprised of the following additional members:
(a) A justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court, appointed by the Chief Justice;
(b) The AOC Director;
(c) The Secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet or designee;
(d) The AOC Deputy Director;
(e) The AOC Chief Information Officer; and
(f) The AOC Director of Finance and Administration.
(3) The AOC General Counsel or designee shall serve as an advisory member.
(C) Responsibilities
(1) Key responsibilities of the Committee include but are not limited to:
(a) Approving decisions regarding the appointment and removal of the AOC Director of Audits.
(b) Overseeing the audit function of the AOC, reviewing its budget, resource plan, activities, and organizational structure with the AOC Director of Audits.
(c) Assessing the independence of the internal audit function of the AOC.
(d) Reviewing and approving the annual audit plan established by the Office of Audits, including internal audits of the AOC as well as audits of Circuit Court Clerks, Master Commissioners, Domestic Relations Commissioners, and operating costs for Court Facilities. In connection with this review, the Committee is authorized to offer recommendations regarding programs or activities to be audited.
(e) Reviewing the results of audits performed by the Office of Audits.
(f) Assessing the adequacy of corrective actions planned and taken as a result of audit findings and recommendations and recommending actions as necessary to address unresolved audit findings.
(g) Reviewing assessments of the Office of Audits.
(h) Reviewing and approving the proposed audit scope of any external auditors, including coordination of audit effort with the internal audit function.
(i) Reviewing the performance of any external auditors and exercising final approval on the appointment or discharge of external auditors.
(j) Reviewing and overseeing special investigations as needed.
(D) Meetings
(1) The Committee shall meet at least quarterly, or more frequently as circumstances may dictate, with the AOC Director of Audits. External auditors with pending business may meet with the Committee at those quarterly meetings as needed. Meetings may be called by the Chief Justice, the AOC Director, or the AOC Director of Audits. A majority of Committee members shall constitute a quorum for any meeting.
(2) All recommendations from the Committee shall be reached by consensus of those members present at the meeting. If consensus cannot be reached, then any recommendations shall be reached by a vote of a simple majority of the Committee members present and the various perspectives of the members noted in the minutes.
(3) The AOC Director of Audits will prepare an agenda in advance of each meeting. Minutes shall be prepared and maintained for each Committee meeting.
(4) The AOC Director of Audits will staff and attend Committee meetings.
(5) During the quarterly meetings, the AOC Director of Audits will present the annual audit plan and any adjustments thereto to the Committee and will deliver results of any special investigation or audit to the Committee.
(6) Records
(a) Pursuant to KRS 26A.200, all records received, generated, kept, or maintained by or on behalf of the Committee shall be the property of the KCOJ and are subject to the control of the Supreme Court of Kentucky.
(b) All records created for or generated by the Committee shall not be considered Administrative Records of the AOC as defined by AP Part XVII.


HISTORY: Amended by order 2022-41, eff. 8-8-22; prior amendment by Order 2021-34, eff. 9-20-21; adopted by Order 2019-11, eff. 10-23-19
Administrative Procedures, AP XIX, Sec. 2, KY ST ADMIN P AP XIX, Sec. 2
Current with amendments received through June 1, 2023. Some sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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